Former pro Buddy Peoples of Crofton shot one-over-par 73 in difficult, windy conditions at Woodmont's North Course and won the Poor Robert's Golf Classic yesterday. Peoples' prize is entry to the PGA Tour's Kemper Open at Congressional Country Club May 30-June 2.
Peoples, 35, beat Marty West (already in the Kemper on an exemption) of Columbia Country Club and Gary Clontz of Montgomery Village by one shot.
Minutes after Peoples hooked his drive into pine trees and bogeyed his final hole, West's closing birdie effort from 15 feet stopped inches short.
"I definitely was feeling pressure on the final tee shot," said Peoples. "When we started (shotgun start) in a hurricane this morning, I thought anybody who could break 75 was going to win."
Jay Sigel, two-time U.S. Amateur champion from Philadelphia, had to cancel his appearance.
Tournament chairman Bobby Abbo reminisced how the Poor Robert's "started 17 years ago with a bunch of fellows sitting around saying, 'Let's have a charity golf tournament.' We had 100 players throwing in $10 to play a nine-hole golf course (Georgetown Prep) twice. Once from the blue tees, once from the whites . . . We ended up giving $1,000 to the Little Sisters of the Poor."
With 116 players yesterday contributing $100 apiece, and a handicap division coming up Monday at Norbeck, also to feature a clinic by the LPGA's Kathy Whitworth, about $75,000 will be raised for area charities this year.